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2010 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2021 - kk00020 Likes this wine:
93 points
I was inspired to open one of these based on recent CT notes. I drank this over a three day period pouring directly from bottle into Zalto Bordeaux glasses each day (no decant other than it sitting in the glass for 30/45 mins) This was stored at room temp in bottle with Private Preserve after opening for the next two days. Small amount of light grain sediment found on the third day when bottle was emptied. First couple of sips on the first day right after PNP (w/ no food btw) were amazing/surprising - my immediate thought was "this is bangin' right out of the gate! wow!". Over the three day period, similar notes as 422dbowlsby in 2017 (warm red berry and brown sugar) but instead with soft tannins. Nose/mouse always pleasant over the 3 day period and not hot at all. I gotta say, this was very very good and it seems to have a good amount of life left. I didn't get any of the soy sauce notes or see any cloudiness from the more recent CT notes so not sure what's going on with my bottle vs others. But I also didn't do any type of lengthy decant. This is a solid 93 in my book at the moment.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    2/10/21, 11:18 AM - Thanks for the shoutout and the update. I have a few more bottles of this that I have been waiting on.

Red
2015 John Duval Wines Shiraz Entity Barossa Valley
4/17/2020 - Sid_Loves_Wine Likes this wine:
95 points
Very beautiful, unapologetic, but surprisingly elegant Barossa Shiraz at an excellent price ($35-$40 around LA anyway, wouldn't be surprised if you told me it was $50.) Tremendously black fruit (think baked plums, blackberry pie) with heavy, but high-quality oak tones of cedar and rich baking spices, almost like root beer, and with time, nuances of flowers and fresh black cherries. Palate has the same spiced black fruit, slightly smoky and with a surprising amount of acidity, not mega-high of course but very high for this style. Also, a super-intense and gritty wash of tannins; this is a reason to let it age a bit, as it might allow the fruit to come out a bit more once it relaxes, but it's already very enjoyable. If I had one criticism, it's that the fruit is currently slightly overpowered by the oak, although thankfully not so much that it's absent.

Extremely well-made. Heavy and dark, true Barossa richness, but not jammy or hot whatsoever. Some reviewers are getting savory syrah tones of olive, meat, earthiness, etc. I don't really get that- for me, this is an elegant expression of that classic pitch-black fruit and oak that screams Barossa, not anything even remotely resembling a Northern Rhone or cool-climate, even warmer-climate California. Not the kind of thing for everyday food wine, maybe not for contemplation, but just soooo damn good.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    4/17/20, 5:57 PM - Good informative review. Thanks.

Red
2013 John Duval Wines Shiraz Entity Barossa Valley
4/7/2017 - whits Likes this wine:
92 points
spice, berry and cocoa on the nose, fully loaded shiraz with excellent balance, raspberry and blueberry on the palate with hints of white chocolate and cherry on the finish, backed with a nice streak of acid, there is always a sense of harmony with JD wines
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    2/27/19, 7:28 PM - Good review! Opened a bottle on 2/27/19 and I agree.

Red
2015 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Roosevelt Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton
10/12/2018 - Julius Squeezer Likes this wine:
95 points
Excited for the new vintage of Oregon's Corton! Fresh and clean this year. Might be better than the 2012 eventually. Tight and a little closed but this will open... oh... it will open. Haunting nose....The definition of mouthwatering juicy acidity, balance and more balance with a pronounced pomegranate, raspberry, black tea and cola notes on top of young tannins. Beautiful wine and a shame to drink it so young. Everything is there. In 50 years Roosevelt vineyard will be one of the world's great pinot sites. It's already one of America's best. 95+ Points
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    10/18/18, 7:13 PM - I agree. I ADORE the Roosevelt vineyard PN.

Red
2015 Antiquum Farm Pinot Noir Luxuria Willamette Valley
11/4/2017 - oldwines Likes this wine:
91 points
Antiquum Farm Wine Dinner (New Jersey, USA): Decanted about 3 hours before dinner. This is a powerful yet balanced, very rich and round style of Pinot Noir, with 14.4% ABV. Co-fermented with 777 and Pommard clones, it is ripe but retains a moderate level of acidity. It is a dark ruby color with some tannic structure, but definitely fruit forward. I get lots of red plum and cherry on the nose and palate. I think a little time in bottle may expose some additional secondary flavors. Aptly named as it is a very luxurious wine to drink with a moderately long aftertaste. It went very well with a rich deviled egg and Burgundy truffle.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    11/23/17, 10:02 PM - Way too young to drink this one.

Red
2013 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis Napa Valley
12/27/2016 - Henry Miller wrote:
87 points
Simple, oaky, flabby cab. Better than most, but there is no personality here, and no sense of place or style. Light years from Fay, SLV, Cask 23 bottlings.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    12/27/16, 10:06 AM - While I understand your point, I don't find your comparisons helpful. Artemis is neither designed, produced nor intended to be of either the quality or complexity (and definitely the price) of a Fay or SLV. How would you compare Artemis to another similarly priced cab?

Red
2012 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Terroir Series Corte Lujan de Cuyo
6/22/2016 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
90 points
Again, a great value! Dark fruit liquor on the nose, tea, cigar, black fruits, pomegranate, a lot of oak/cedar on the palate with a nice silky finish and good length. Absolutely a steal at this price.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    6/24/16, 10:27 AM - I concur! Argentina is producing very good cabs with great QFPs.

Red
2013 Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon Vista Flores
12/24/2015 - WineMedic Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear, purple hue. Clean nose with aromas of cherriea, warm jam and strawberries. Dry, Full bodied. High acidity, supple, round medium tannins. Smooth and balanced. Flavors of raspberries, red cherries, and other red fruits. oak notes that melt slowly. Medium plus finish. Very good and recommended for price point.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    1/16/16, 8:24 PM - Spot on; I concur. Wish I'd bought more.

Red
2009 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
10/8/2013 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
88 points
PNP; drank with coq au vin. Tart; red fruit and Dr Pepper on nose and palate. Not complex, with a short finish.
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    10/8/13, 1:39 PM - I'm a member of Elk Cove's wine club, and I adore their single vineyard offerings. Rather than sitting on the WV and hoping for deeper complexity, my preference is to drink the WV now and let the single vineyard offerings age. I recently had an opportunity to try the 2003 WV along with a couple others, and the WV is simply not designed as well as the single vineyard offerings to age for extended periods. Still enjoyable, but both the fruit and structure had faded significantly in the 03.

Red
2010 Elk Cove Vineyards Syrah Del Rio Vineyard Rogue Valley
5/6/2013 - chefpete wrote:
88 points
its ok - for those who comment on comments snotty, there is ok in my book, I do not drink crap wine
  • 422dbowlsby commented:

    5/7/13, 4:13 PM - chefpete rates the syrah "ok"/88 points and the pinot noir "good"/90 points? Only a 2 point difference? Does chefpete really understand the quality difference between good and merely okay?

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